About Us

Patricia McSherry – Managing Director

Patricia is the owner of The Net-Work Meetings Limited, the parent company of TWIN. She deals with the membership, sponsorship, bookings and all the meeting/event logistics.
She helped set up The-Pensions-Net-Work (TPNW) in March 2006, The-Women’s-Insurance-Net-Work (TWIN) in February 2007 and The-Investment-Net-Work (TIN) in May 2007.
She took over the company in December 2010.
With a background in TV, Theatre, Cabaret, Fitness, Sales and Recruitment, Patricia’s work history is certainly not average. She has learned a great deal from her wide range of experiences.
She a village Councillor and is also an active committee member of Zenith Youth Theatre Company in Bath.
She has one teenage daughter and 2 dogs.

A representative from each of our Sponsors has a seat on the Management Board

Allianz is represented by Elke Vagenende

 Elke Vagenende Elke Vagenende is Head of Market Management London at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty where she is responsible for leading the Key Account Management and Broker distribution in the UK.Prior to this appointment Elke was the Head of Financial Institutions in the UK. She has 18 years of relevant market experience in various Financial Lines roles. Prior to that, Elke was a Senior Underwriter at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, looking after their Financial Institutions portfolio with a specific interest for large European banks. Before taking on an underwriter role, she held various risk management positions at BP plc and Siemens AG, working in London, Brussels and Munich, with a strong focus on management liability and other financial lines insurance products.Elke holds a Master in Law degree from the University of Gent, Belgium and is fluent in English, French, German and Dutch.

Flood Re is represented by Karen Clautour


Lloyd’s is represented by Jane Harley

Since starting in insurance on the Lloyd’s Graduate Programme, Jane has gained experience within the Lloyd’s Corporation departments of Risk Management and Claims. With similar experience gained in the market during her secondment time at The Channel Syndicate where she was involved in both their Marine Underwriting and Claims divisions . On completion of the programme Jane returned to Lloyd’s to work within their Delegated Authorities department  working on the approval and control of over 3000 Coverholders and 58 managing agencies in Lloyd’s.

 Reynolds Porter Chamberlain is represented by Alexandra Anderson

Alexandra is an insurance lawyer with particular expertise in both construction and surveyors’ claims.
On the construction side, she acts predominantly for architects and engineers and has been involved in many complex and high-value disputes involving projects in the UK and worldwide.
Alexandra also has a wealth of experience in acting for surveyors, both via their insurers and upon direct instructions. She has been involved in advising on and defending a wide variety of claims, arising from all aspects of the typical surveying practice, from survey and valuation to property management. She acts for a number of the largest UK practices, as well as working with RICS on various risk management and education issues.
Alexandra is a regular speaker and author on a wide range of topics affecting both construction professionals and surveyors and co-edits Hogarth’s ‘Insurance for the Construction Industry’. She was involved in the 2008 and 2011 revisions to the RICS minimum terms and sits on their Market Liaison Group.

Chika Aghadiuno

Chika is a qualified general insurance actuary with over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. As General Insurance Director of the Group Actuarial Function at Aviva, she leads a team of general insurance actuaries and other risk specialists and is responsible for managing the claims reserves and regulatory capital for the general insurance businesses of Aviva plc. She engages widely with various teams in the business across Europe and North America, regularly reporting to senior executive and dealing with external stakeholders eg regulators and external auditors.

Separately, Chika is a Board Director of the Aviva Staff Pensions Scheme and is active in the diversity space as co-chair of the Aviva London Women’s Network and chair of the Diversity Advisory Group at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

 Monique Alder

Monique is known as one of the Lloyd’s market specialists in delegated underwriting management. Prior to Lloyd’s her career was in general insurance. Currently  she heads up a team at Brit Insurance dedicated to the effective management of  all types of Delegated Authority business

Kathy Byrne

Kathy Byrne has almost thirty years’ experience in the insurance industry, qualifying as an actuary in 1992. Her experience includes managing the retail investment business for an insurance company, running an actuarial department covering life and non-life business lines and new product development. In 2010 she set up a consultancy business providing actuarial and insurance advice to companies, helping clients to create and price new products and manage risk effectively. A published author, Kathy’s book “Where Have My Savings Gone? ” equips savers with the knowledge to manage their savings more effectively so that they are protected from financial meltdown and earning the best interest rates.She is a part owner of a vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina and the first wine, Alpasión 2011 Malbec, was awarded 90 ‘parker’ points by Wine Advocate magazine.

 Noreen Siba

 Noreen FINAL Noreen Siba joined the International Longevity Centre – UK ( ILC-UK  )as Managing Director in April 2006 having previously been the Director of Alzheimer’s UK and Contact A Family. She has also previously worked for a Local  Authority as a Community and Development Officer and has been a training and management consultant, primarily in the areas of mental health and the elderly, in particular with the International Alzheimer’s Association. After seven years at ILC-UK Noreen has retired to pursue many hobbies.Whilst at ILC-UK Noreen had responsibility for management, marketing and fundraising especially with the insurance, pension and financial corporates and has had a special interest in the intergenerational aspects of ageing, dementia, and specific health conditions. Noreen has been a long term supporter of TWIN hopes to bring the wealth of her experience to some of the more ‘out of the box’ issues.

Helen Crofts – Co-Founder and Past Chair

Helen is a qualified actuary and current member of the Council of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. She worked in the mainstream life insurance and reinsurance world for over 20 years, both in the UK and Bermuda, with companies such as Swiss Re, XL Re and PricewaterhouseCoopers before setting up an independent consulting business with husband Gary in 2010.Having also worked as an executive search consultant, her consulting assignments include actuarial, insurance, recruitment and compensation projects. She co-founded TWIN in 2007.

Peter Le Beau

Peter Le Beau has worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years and is one of the best known speakers and writers in the business. Although Peter’s career has been largely spent in reassurance, he has extensive experience in business to business marketing and in helping clients to think in original ways about their marketing approach. Peter’s success in helping Swiss Re to develop its proposition in the UK has given him an enviable network of contacts throughout the marketplace.

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